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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Mayor Directs POW MIA Flag Continue to Be Flown

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A recent news story reported the city's efforts to create standards around city use of flags and flagpoles at city facilities.  As part of that story it was reported that a legal opinion was made to suggest the city temporarily take down the POW MIA flag at city hall while that policy was developed.  


Mayor Rebecca Casper issued the following statement regarding the issue:


"While I do appreciate the legal opinion of our city attorney's office in this matter, I see no reason why the POW-MIA flag cannot continue to fly while a permanent city flag policy is being researched and developed. Therefore, I have asked city staff to keep the flag in place while the City develops a policy. Those who are familiar with our community know that it goes without saying that we honor our Veterans and their service we will continue to honor our veterans.  In addition, it is my understanding that the legal advice never included a recommendation for the permanent removal of the POW MIA flag. And rightly so. That is and always will be a policy decision.”

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